When I Tweeted that I was about to take a dance class from Travis Wall (and his collaborators), my friends started to worry for my sanity. Despite years of jazz dance as a child, I was never what you’d call a good choreographed dancer. I’m not an embarrassment at the club by any means, but after taking a pole dance class (don’t ask) a few years ago I realized that what I imagined my body doing when someone showed me choreography and what my body actually looked like trying the moves were two different things.
I’m not a dancer, but I figured this was for press, no one who could really dance would even show up! But alas, as the room started to fill up with girls in proper dance attire, stretching into splits practicing leaps, I broke out into a pre-workout sweat. What was I doing here? I can barely touch my toes! I was wearing ballet slippers I’d bought 11 years ago to wear to my Senior Prom. I was way out of my league.
Sure, my booty pops and body rolls were sub par. While All The Right Moves is about their quest to start a professional dance company, the guys (Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, and Kyle Robinson) knew how to keep beginners from getting lost and obsessing about their imperfections. The routine was a disco, and they encouraged us to find our own grooves, add sass to the moves and were so charming that I forgot to even look at myself int he mirror. Who cares if my hip pops weren’t on point? Dancing is fun!
That said, I was not picked as one of the superstars to demonstrate our talents to the group at the end, but I sat in awe watching Teddy, Nick, Kyle and Travis take a kid-level disco routine and turn it into something stunning with the few in the group that had definitely had real dance training. But from now on I’ll be happy to watch the gang on my TV and not have to worry about keeping up with them.
All The Right Moves premieres tonight on Oxygen at 9/8 c.
Rae Votta (@RaeVotta) never wants to see the video that people took of her learning to dance for this article.